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NH DHHS - New Hampshire Foster Youth Convene For Independent Living Conference The “When Life’s not FAIR”

Concord, NH – More than a 100 youth from all over New Hampshire gathered at

Keene State College to participate in the Eighth Annual Division for

Children Youth and Families (DCYF) Teen Conference. The conference was an

all-day learning experience designed to address the unique needs of older

adolescents making the transition from “out of home care” to adulthood and


“We want our youth to be as successful as possible,” said New Hampshire

Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Nicholas Toumpas.

“This conference is an opportunity to bring teens together, share

experiences and help equip them with some of the tools they will need as

they begin to prepare for the future.”

The theme of this year’s conference was the “When Life’s Not FAIR” as

selected by the NH Youth Voices. Co- sponsors included NH Youth Voices, the

University of New Hampshire Center for Professional Excellence in Child

Welfare, and the New Hampshire Higher Education Assistance Foundation

(NHHEAF). The keynote presentation was Digital Stories, a unique way for

youth in care to tell their story through the use of images, pictures,

music and their own narration. The stories were created in collaboration

with the National Resource Center for Permanency at the Hunter College

School of Social Work. There were a number of workshops geared toward

providing youth attendees with helpful information on topics such as

getting a job, self advocacy, navigating the college admissions process and

staying safe online. There was also an opportunity for youth to network,

and learn about resources to assist them as they transition to adulthood.

“It is incredibly important that we engage our youth as they plan for the

future,” said DHHS’ Director of the Division of Children, Youth and

Families, Maggie Bishop. “This conference is an opportunity for us to talk

with teens about issues that are important to their future success. We

want them to realize how important it is that we work together, and that

they are a valued part of the system that is working on their behalf.”

During the conference, Director Bishop signed the DCYF’s Youth in Care Bill

of Rights. These rights are intended to guide DCYF and its provider in the

delivery of care and services to youth in out-of-home care with the

commitment to permanency, safety and well-being. These rights provide

youth with a “voice” regarding their DCYF involvement while ensuring

opportunities for normal life experiences. Director Bishop also signed the

New England Youth Coalition’s Sibling Bill of Rights which formally

recognize the value of sibling relationships and reinforce DCYF’s

commitment to preserve these important connections for children and youth

in State care. The New England Association of Child Welfare Commissioner

and Directors (NEACWCD) and the New England Youth Coalition (NEYC) created

the Sibling Bill of Rights together. NEYC serves as an advisory group to

NEACWCD identifying systemic issues that need to be improved from the

perspective of youth in care.


NH Health Department Holds Public Meeting on Hepatitis C Outbreak

Concord, NH - The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services

(DHHS) Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) is holding a meeting for

members of the public to answer questions about the hepatitis C outbreak at

Exeter Hospital. The meeting will be held tomorrow night, Friday, June 15

at 6:00 pm in the Exeter High School auditorium at 1 Blue Hawk Drive,

Exeter (GPS address 315 Epping Road).

The purpose of the meeting is to explain the process of the investigation

by DPHS and answer questions about it for anyone interested. Speakers will

include Dr. Sharon Alroy-Preis, State Epidemiologist, Dr. Jodie

Dionne-Odom, Deputy State Epidemiologist, and Dr. José Montero, Director of

Public Health at DHHS.

“We realize there is a great deal of anxiety and that many people have

questions,” said Dr. Montero, “and as we have done for other outbreaks we

want people to be able to hear firsthand how the investigation has evolved

and where we are in the process.”

So far 20 patients have been identified as being infected with the same

strain of hepatitis C. The common link among all the patients is the

Cardiac Catheterization Lab and its recovery room at Exeter Hospital. DHHS

yesterday expanded the recommendation on patients of these units who should

be tested for the virus back to October 1, 2010 through May 25, 2012. This

is a change from testing recommendations set last week at April 1, 2011.

Exeter Hospital is in the process of contacting these newly identified


Hepatitis C is a viral infection transmitted by blood. It causes

inflammation of the liver that can lead to chronic health issues. It is

passed from person to person through contact with an infected person’s


Any patients who fit the above criteria can contact Exeter Hospital’s

Information and Referral Center to make an appointment for testing at (603)

580-6124. For questions and information about hepatitis C visit  or  or call the DPHS Bureau of Infectious

Disease Control at 603-271-4496.


US Rep Bass Announces Small Business Social Media Forum 

April 6th forum designed to help small businesses utilize online tools to grow their businesses


CONCORD, NH – Congressman Charles F. Bass (NH-02) today announced he is hosting a Small Business Social Media Forum on Friday, April 6, 2012 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. to give small businesses an opportunity to learn more about leveraging online tools in their business strategy.

Representatives from Facebook, Google, Yelp, the New Hampshire High Technology Council, and the New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism will give presentations about implementing an effective social media strategy to attract customers and grow one’s business.

The forum, which is free of charge, will be held in the Sweeney Hall Auditorium at the New Hampshire Technical Institute, located at 31 College Drive in Concord.  Individuals interested in attending should RSVP to Bass’ Concord Office at (603) 226-0064 or via email at

Bass, a member of the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, said:

“Small businesses are the engine of economic growth in New Hampshire, and I am committed to finding ways to make it easier for them to expand and create jobs.  As part of my ongoing outreach and constituent service, I’m very pleased to offer this forum as a resource for small businesses interested in using online tools to grow their businesses. 

“With more and more individuals plugged in online, businesses need to develop strategies to communicate effectively with their customers and reach new ones.  I encourage any small business owner or employee to join us on Friday, April 6th to hear directly from the social media experts.”

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U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta hosting Women's Conference

U.S. Representative Frank Guinta (R, NH-01) will host this important event Friday morning.  It is part of his ongoing “Getting Granite Staters Back to Work” jobs initiative. 

Congressman Guinta will deliver brief welcoming remarks.  The conference is open to the news media.


WHO:                 U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta

WHAT:               “Empower, Educate, Engage Women’s Conference

WHEN:              8:30 a.m.         Friday, March 16

WHERE:            NH Institute of Politics Auditorium

                             100 Saint Anselm Drive

Manchester, NH


U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta to host first "Empower, Educate, Engage Women's Conference" on Friday, March 16th 

(Washington – March 6, 2012)    Representative Frank Guinta (R, NH-01) is hosting a special conference designed to assist local women in finding jobs and furthering their careers.  The first Empower, Educate, Engage Women’s Conference will be held on Friday morning, March 16th.  The event is free and open to the public, and is part of Rep. Guinta’s ongoing “Getting Granite Staters Back to Work” jobs initiative.  It will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the New Hampshire Institute of Politics Auditorium, 100 Saint Anselm Drive in Manchester. 

Several successful area business and professional women will share their insights and experiences during two panel discussions.  The conference will conclude with a presentation on career success and coaching by Catherine Taylor from Heels and a Briefcase. 

“It can be hard to find a good job in this down economy,” Guinta explained.  “‘Getting Granite Staters Back to Work’ means helping to get all of our citizens back to work.  This conference will help New Hampshire women strengthen their skills as they network and advance their careers.  When women succeed, all of New Hampshire succeeds.  Just as its name suggests, I’m hoping participants will leave this conference feeling empowered, educated and engaged to take their personal goals to the next level.” 

Conference Schedule


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Panel 1  Leadership and Professionalism: (Teresa Rosenberger-President of Devine Strategies) Women in Business—Panel (Dianne Mercier, president, People’s United Bank New Hampshire; Mary Ellen Humphrey(formerly, Brown), Rochester Economic Development ·        


Panel 2  Women Inspiring Women/Take Action in Your Own Life: (Maureen Beauregard—President/CEO, Families in Transition)

Kim Bavaro, executive director, Upper Room; Marsie Silvestro, executive director, A Safe Place; Marcia Sink, president/ceo, CASA NH.        


Career & Success Coaching: (Catherine Taylor)

Heels & A Briefcase

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